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How did bands come up with their names?

The story behind some iconic musical groups 10 Questions.

 
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1

XTC, the Swindon-based new wave group's founder, Andy Partridge, hit upon their name in what way?

  • At one time, several members had used the drug Ecstasy.
  • It connoted the thrill they felt making music.
  • Partridge heard Jimmy Durante say in a film, "I'm in ecstasy!" and represented that word with letters.

2

How did Kurt Cobain, the leader of Nirvana, think up their name?

  • Kurt wanted a contrast to a punk rock mean-sounding name by choosing the term for the Buddhist state of freedom from suffering.
  • He saw a perfume bottle on Courtney Love's shelf with that label.
  • He was making a play on the word nerve because he imagined their grunge sound would get on parents' nerves.

3

The most famous group in history is The Beatles and, in its first incarnation, were The Silver Beatles. Why did John Lennon suggest that name to his bandmates?

  • His Aunt Mimi's garden was infested with beetles.
  • John was paying homage to Buddy Holly's group The Crickets and playing on the word Beat as well.
  • It was a misspelling of the word beadle, a council official, a position held by his former school superintendant.

4

John Bonham, Led Zeppelin's drummer, made which justification for his idea for the band's moniker?

  • Bonham was fascinated by the Hindenburg explosion radio broadcast and zeppelin flight in general.
  • John wanted to honor the legendary blues player Lead Belly, a virtuoso on the 12-string guitar.
  • Bonham said the name would go over like a lead balloon but changed it to Led to ensure the right pronunciation.

5

Why would the name The Yardbirds promote nice suburban youngsters Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck's with a scruffy dangerous image?

  • Yardbirds is a US jailhouse slang term for prisoners in an exercise yard.
  • Yardbirds is their nickname for the neighborhood girls who would walk by and flirt with them in their front yards.
  • They shared a dovecote at Jimmy's house where they trained racing pigeons so felt the name apropos.

6

How did Pink Floyd originate their name?

  • Floyd Sennet was a neighborhood boy who sported very effeminate fashions, including many pink clothes.
  • They combined the names of favourite blues musicians, Pink Anderson & Floyd Council, they adopted The Pink Floyd Sound, then Pink Floyd.
  • Syd Barrett had a vintage Chevy tagged Floyd with a retro paint job of pink and black.

7

Why was the punk/mod band The Jam inspired to name themselves that?

  • Paul Weller was crawling along slowly on the M1 on Friday afternoon and came up with The Jam.
  • Paul Weller's sister, at breakfast, said there was a band called Bread but not one called Jam.
  • They called these regular auditions for new members jam sessions and then took on that name.

8

It's a well-known saying that a rolling stone gathers no moss, but what's the REAL basis for the name of the rock group, The Rolling Stones, that has performed for decades?

  • From an EP by blues icon Muddy Waters who sings a lyric "I'm a Rolling Stone!" as well as singing a song called Rolling Stone Blues.
  • Bill Wyman was almost seriously injured by a rockslide when he was exploring hills in the Peak District.
  • Worldwide touring was a dream, so the Rolling conveyed movement and they got stoned a lot.

9

Why did the band Queen come up with that one-word name?

  • Freddie wanted to suggest his preference for effeminate gay men or queens, despite objections of bandmates.
  • "It's very regal and it sounds splendid. It's a strong name, very universal and immediate," said Freddie.
  • Freddie Mercury's mother was a staunch monarchist so he was brought up to honor Queen Elizabeth II.

10

How did Lynyrd Skynyrd come up with their star name with odd spelling?

  • Their former P.E. teacher, Leonard Skinner, denigrated long hair. In anger at his intolerance, they distorted the spelling of his name.
  • They were lying in their front yard with a girlfriend Lynn looking up at the sky and were inspired to give the group the name Lynyrd Skynyrd.
  • They'd skin raccoons' hides and nicknamed 1 piece Linnard and sardonically called it "skinnered."

 

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